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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The set of allowed arrangements or sequences of speech sounds in a given language. A word beginning with the consonant cluster (zv), for example, violates the phonotactics of English, but not of Russian.

[phono- + tactics, arrangement of linguistic units; see tactics.]


(Phonetics & Phonology) (functioning as singular) linguistics the study of the possible arrangement of the sounds of a language in the words of that language
[C20: from phono- + -tactics, on the model of syntactic; see syntax]


(ˌfoʊ nəˈtæk tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the patterns in which the phonemes of a language may combine to form sequences.
2. the study and description of such patterns.
pho`no•tac′tic, adj.
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In the process of identifying the presence of phonotactics characterize this as a manifestation rather than the result of this comparison, it can imply a new fact that ISPs are actually a separate language groups.
Mataim Bakar and Faridah Haji Mohammad 2009 The Phonotactics of Brunei Malay: An Opitmality Theoretic Account.
Phonotactics is a prelexical cue relevant for segmentation and lexical access and thus playing a crucial role during word learning.
Here North American and European linguists consider sonority in the contexts of phonotactics, phonetics, language acquisition, sign language, and computational modeling.
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Probabilistic phonotactics and neighborhood activation in spoken word recognition.
Phonetics, Phonology, Phonotactics and Prosody, Oulu.
A corpus-based reappraisal of the role of biomechanics in lexical phonotactics.
This made it prestigious to retain the phonotactics of the lending language.
This experiment was identical to the Dutch experiment, except that the pseudowords conformed to the phonotactics of German, and that we spelled the words in the conventional spelling of German, rather than in the International Phonetic Alphabet, because we did not know whether all our participants would be sufficiently familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet.
The Arabic forms suggest that there was originally no vowel, since "[t]here is no reason to posit a deletion of initial-syllable *i in Pre-Arabic (*bin>bn), thus giving rise to the cluster observed in these forms, whereas it is quite plausible that the *i found in ben and binu constitutes an innovation having the same effect as the Arabic wasl-syllable--the resolution of an initial cluster which came to be prohibited by the phonotactics of Pre-Hebrew and Pre-Akkadian.
Broader linguistic concept: minimalism, mechanisms of linguistic change, multilingualism, obligatory contour principle, optimality theory, orality, phonetics, phonology, phonology: metrical, phonotactics, phraseology, polarity, pragmatics, prosody.